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Year in review: Top Detroit political stories of 2013, local issues

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As usual politics was a hot topic in Detroit during 2013. Here is a summary of the stories your Detroit political examiner followed this year that have a local touch to them.

Kwame Kilpatrick sentenced to 28 years for corruption: October 10, 2013 - Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison by Judge Nancy Edmunds this afternoon for his 24 convictions of corruption while in office. Edmunds had said the prosecution’s desire for 28 years was reasonable...Continue

Works at Detroit Institute of Arts valued at $452 to $866 million: December 4, 2013 - A day after a bankruptcy judge gave final approvals to the City of Detroit bankruptcy filing the value of the collection of city-purchased art at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) was revealed. This morning Christie’s Auction...Continue

Detroit Zoo CEO receives a nearly $200K raise: August 17, 2013 - An investigative team from WXYZ-TV Action News has discovered that Executive Director and CEO of the Detroit Zoo, Ron Kagan, was given a sizable raise in 2012. In a story released yesterday their reporters found that Kagan’s...Continue

Oakland County receives six times the average settlement from McKesson drugs: August 2, 2013 - Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson announced Thursday the county has recovered $362,018.02 on behalf of taxpayers from a large drug wholesaler that conspired to inflate the price of prescription drugs. A class-action lawsuit brought against drug...Continue

Oakland County moves to protect taxpayers in Detroit bankruptcy: August 24, 2013 - Oakland County is the first to take action to protect its taxpayers from the potential fallout of the City of Detroit’s Chapter 9 bankruptcy filing. The Oakland County Art Institute Authority passed a resolution unanimously today that would...Continue

Oakland County retains bond rating in Detroit bankruptcy aftermath: August 24, 2013 - In the aftermath of the Detroit bankruptcy filing other Michigan jurisdictions have been braced for a possible downgrading. Standard & Poor’s has reaffirmed Oakland County’s AAA bond rating with a stable outlook in the face of...Continue

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